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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1969-12-05

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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1969-12-05

Topics Harry Ely

Me & My Uncle, Casey Jones, Black Peter, Mama Tried, It Hurts Me Too, Cumberland Blues, Cryptical Envelopement-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Cosmic Charlie, Dancin' In The Streets, Dire Wolf, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> High Time, Uncle John's Band, The Main Ten-> It's All Over Now Baby Blue

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Audience
Lineage Sony F995 > Sony TC-124 > Master Cassette > PCM > DAT > CD > EAC > mkwACT > SHN
Taped by Harry Ely
Transferred by Seth Kaplan


From Deadists:

During the pause after Me & My Uncle, referring to the free concert the next day at Altamont Bobby says "Bear wants me to tell you to bring dope" and Jerry adds "Not only that but it's something to do."

Harry Ely mastered this AUD tape. He was a little fast on his pause button at this show. He clips several songs and pauses three times during drums. Otherwise, he made quite a decent audience tape for '69 Dead.

Jerry introduces Dire Wolf saying "This is a song you can all sing along on" and as it turned out "Don't murder me, I beg of you, don't murder me" was a good refrain at Altamont. Jerry uses this intro the night before as well.

The longest China Cat > Rider bridge jam yet features a Caution tease from Phil among its divagations.

The Uncle John's Jam is just a scrap from the song's jam in 7s. Apparently the previous night was the song's premier (there are Uncle John's Jams on 11/7 and 11/8) but as far as we know they didn't play the tune again till 12/12. Given this taper's fast pause button finger, he's quite capable of having clipped the transition from Uncle John's jam into the Main Ten, but unless he ran into serious trouble it's difficult to figure how he lost nearly the whole of Uncle John in a flip (he had a flip coming, probably, after Dire Wolf). The evidence leaves it totally unclear whether they played the tune or just the jam.


Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2015
Subject: -
Good, just real scratchy. Sweet spots are just numerous & cool enough for 5.
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2011
Subject: The day before Altamont
What a mournful Baby Blue. Foreshadowing?
Peace, Bob
Reviewer: cryptical70 - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2010
Subject: Digi-noise
There seems to be some "digi-noise" during the beginning numbers "Me & My Uncle" and "Casey Jones." I don't recall this on the tape I used to have. Someone better clear it up.
Reviewer: beantown_adc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 4, 2009
Subject: Loose 1/8th" plug
A great performance, but sadly what sounds like a poorly seated 1/8th inch mic plug renders the first couple of songs nearly unlistenable.

Tant pis....
Reviewer: mikeyank99 - favorite - May 31, 2009
Subject: aud?
what did dick come back from tne and begin to take auds too or maybe bobby needs more money i think if jerry waqs alive this would never happen just my opinion
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2007
Subject: Black Peter, Baby Blue
Always loved this show for Garcia's sublime countrified guitar playing and the melllllllloooowww vibe throughout. Without a b-bender he manages to coax some really beautiful pedal steely sounds out of his guitar.

Check out the Black Peter and Baby Blue to see what I mean. [wipes tears from eyes]

And then there's the Pig with his sweet organ playing plainly audible on every song and how about that howling during Hurts Me Too? Yikes.
Reviewer: jerkwaterdan - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2007
Subject: Prophetic
Kind of prophetic that the Dead closed out the show before Altamont with "It's All Over Now Baby Blue".
Reviewer: PhilNfunky - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2006
Subject: awesome set
this is a gret classic show.... despite the quick pause button-finger, although the tape lagging adds some psychedelic effect.

i see the poster below me really enjoyed this show, as he was totally raving about it.... he must have been spun....
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2006
Subject: Harry in the House
This is such a whack listenâ¦
I was seeking out a Cosmic Charlie --- and here it is//
funky sound

throw in all the drama âÂÂtheyâ describe about this recording on in the âÂÂNotesâÂÂ

Throw in th efuncky Lucyâ¦and the sky
The juice for Pigpen
â¦and then we MUST thank Harry

Oh, Harry?
Harry Hood?!

Noâ¦Harry ELY, for crying out loud ---

well done, my brother --- you rock! Who friggin cares about potential quick fingers on the taperecorder when YOU were THEREâ¦some of us appreciate you going outta your way to capture thisâ¦
god bless, this JEM of a show.

Illegitimi Non Carborundum, amigo
dont let the bastrds get you down!

Thanks for taking the time to record this
Thank you too, Mr Seth Kaplan for the uploadâ¦

THIS IS WHAT ARCHIVE.ORG IS ALLL ABOUT ----- There is NOTHING like a grateful dead show

(FYI, hey, are STILL having some significant problems up and downloading)
Reviewer: cracktard - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2004
Subject: not bad 69 AUD...
This really suprised me for an AUD master, I could've sworn it was just another late sixties fuzzed out board...but hey, other than listening to Harry Ely snap his fingers during Cumberland Blues, this tape is a good listen.
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